San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
'Pura Vida'- Come delve into the'Pure Life' of Costa Rica...Rejuvenate yourself with Michael and Katherine for a relaxing and vitalizing week of Yoga, Thai Massage, Sun and Surf. Learn Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage while treating yourself to the tropical sun’s bountiful and cleansing effects for body, mind and spirit.
12 CE's for massage therapists & yoga teachers!
This tropical getaway retreat will be focused on rest and renewal as well as adventure and skill development. Each day includes three healthy and delicious organic meals, a guided partner Thai Massage exchange, a guided yoga class designed specifically to complement the massage practice, a beach excursion and an optional evening massage-trade practice session or guided deep relaxation technique. In addition, there will be the optional add-on activities such as: a zip-line tree top canopy tour, a beach horseback tour, a Sibu-Monkey tour, a waterfall excursion, kayaking, paddle-boarding, surf lessons, salsa lessons, spa treatments and so much more…
This week is perfect for couples or friends who want to deepen their connection and learn how to skillfully apply Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage techniques, or for solo travelers seeking respite and personal healing. These techniques are taught in a safe and effective manner and will both deeply relax and open your partner. Most recipients experience their bodies and their selves in a new and more expansive way; free from restrictions and pain.
The retreat’s location at Costa Rica Yoga Spa, atop a mountain overlooking the majestic Pacific Coast, further facilitates a space in which deep reflection and healing may occur. Spend a week fostering new connections within yourself and with others; follow your bliss while developing the gift of skillful, nourishing touch. Trip Advisor.com has rated The Costa Rica Yoga Spa as the very best retreat destination in Nosara, Costa Rica for the past 3 years!
Yoga Teachers and Massage Therapists can earn 12 CE’s for attending this retreat. This course has been approved by The Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB for continuing education credits. No previous experience is necessary. You will receive a detailed manual with pictures and descriptions to support your learning.
Three incredible, gourmet primarily vegetarian meals per day
Room accommodation with breathtaking ocean views
Free time for reflection, dips in the crystalline pool, hammock lounging and sharing connections
Learn & Practice Thai Yoga Massage Techniques (earn 12 CE’s)
Guided Daily Yoga classes and/or deep relaxation and meditation sessions
Daily excursions to stunning local beaches or town for shopping and exploring
Daily guided Massage Practice sessions
Beach Time, Sun and Surf
Local transportation to and from Yoga Spa to Nosara airport or bus stop
- Optional Tropical Adventures such as Zipline Canopy Tours, Surf Lessons, Salsa Lessons, Spa and Healing Services, visits to local Shamans and much more (additional costs)...
Katherine Kipps, BA, CYT, Reiki Master, is professionally trained in Thai-Yoga Massage, Restorative Yoga Therapy and Reiki Therapy. She has dedicated her life to healing physical, emotional and energetic blockages through energetic touch and body awareness.
Michael Sitzer, BA, LMT, CYT, is professionally trained in Thai-Yoga Massage, Kripalu Massage, Breema Bodywork, Positional Release Therapy, and Yoga Therapy. He joined the Kripalu Healing Arts team in 1998, and soon after began teaching courses in the Kripalu School of Massage, where he served as a core faculty member for many years.Michael is the creator of a unique style of Thai Yoga Bodywork that blends all these modalities into a creative and therapeutic healing art. He has developed a Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification training that is approved by NCBTMB and Yoga Alliance. His love for bodywork has taken him throughout the world offering his inspirational workshops and sessions.
When & Where
Previously, Michael served as a core faculty member at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. He worked there as both a program director and a massage therapist. Since 1998, he has been lead faculty for the '500 hour bodywork certification training' in the Kripalu School of Massage.
Michael is professionally trained in Swedish Massage, Kripalu Bodywork, Thai Massage, Breema Bodywork, Positional Release Therapy and Yoga Therapy. In addition, Michael is a Sivananda certified yoga teacher. His various studies have led him to create a unique style of 'Thai Yoga Bodywork' which blends all these modalities into a creative and therapeutic healing art.
Michael began his studies of Thai Massage in 1998 with an intensive offered by Ananda Apfelbaum at the Omega Institute. He then journeyed to Thailand to meet her teacher, Pichest Boonthume. He has also studied with (or assisted) Kam Thye Chow, Ken Nelson & Jonas Westring.
Michael has developed a complete Thai Yoga Bodywork training including a manual and a DVD which has been presented across the country and internationally. He is an approved continuing education (CE) provider, accredited by the National Certification Board for Thherapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). (Approved Provider # 451645-11)
Michael's love for sharing bodywork and his appreciation for the body, mind, spirit connection motivates him to continue his explorations into the realms of healing arts and experiential inspirational teaching.